Saturday, July 19, 2014

The More People Are Exposed To Socialism, The Worse They Behave

BI - The Economist ^ | 7-18-2014 | The Economist
"UNDER capitalism", ran the old Soviet-era joke, "man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite." In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to EUR6 ($8). The game was simple enough. Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number. If they picked the top and then rolled a two, for example, they would have an incentive to claim--falsely--that they had chosen the bottom, which would be a five. Honest participants would be expected to roll ones, twos and threes as often as fours, fives and sixes. But that did not happen: the sheets handed in had a suspiciously large share of high numbers, suggesting many players had cheated. (snip)
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BORDER BILL EMERGING AS MAJOR TEA PARTY VERSUS ESTABLISHMENT BOUT

Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
A flurry of legislative activity to address the border crisis is emerging as a major showdown between Tea Partiers and establishment politicians. Conservatives want to take the fight directly to President Barack Obama, whose executive amnesty policies they say is the primary cause of the problem. Leading the charge on the right are Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Ted Cruz (R-TX), the wily Tea Party freshman. The political establishment, on the other hand, prefers a legislated fix to a 2008 anti-human trafficking law, which they cite as a key cause of the problem. The top players on the establishment’s team are Speaker John Boehner, his working group’s head Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX). Both sides are pulling deep into their benches to fight this battle, and conservatives are framing it as an epic bout that will show lawmakers' true colors—much like the battle to defund Obamacare that Cruz championed last fall. Already in 2014, 57,000 illegal alien children from Central America currently in U.S. government custody have flooded across the southern border. Early in the debate over how to respond to the influx, the Obama administration cited the 2008 law as the major impediment to addressing the deluge, conveniently placing the onus on legislation enacted under President George W. Bush. “The Obama administration says the law is partly responsible for tying its hands in dealing with the current influx of children,” the New York Times’ Washington, D.C., editor Carl Hulse wrote in a July 7 piece. Hulse quoted Bush spokesman Tony Fratto as having praised that law, and Obama White House spokesman Josh Earnest calling for changes to it. The law quickly morphed into the main point of debate surrounding potential fixes to the crisis...
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Liberal Analysis: 'Obamacare Implementation Went Great and People Love It'

Townhall ^ | July 18, 2014 | Guy Benson
When Ezra Klein and friends launched Vox as an "explanatory journalism" site this spring, conservative catcalls and ridicule began promptly. The project's critics have been vindicated time and again. Though the site sometimes produces solid content, it's run by hard-left ideologues who lack the capacity to present "just the facts, ma'am"-style reporting. Over the last 24 hours or so, Vox has beclowned itself on four separate occasions. First, see Mollie Hemingway's brutal take-down of co-founder Matt Yglesias' stupefyingly ignorant attack on conservatives and religious liberty. His asshattery was so acute that even a junior Vox colleague publicly rejected Yglesias', er, "point." Confronted with facts, Yglesias retreated into the realm of non-sequiturs and snark. A separate Vox post suggested that even though Hamas is using human shields to protect their terrorist arsenal and leaders -- a point conceded by the author, and again confirmed by very recent events -- Israel "doesn't have to bomb them." This sharp take demands that Israel lie back and endure a terrorist bombardment, while rewarding its enemy's inhuman tactics with pointless, suicidal "restraint." On healthcare, Yglesias was back at it with a piece whose title I quoted in the headline. It's only partially tongue-in-cheek, a riff on one of his most infamous Obamacare tweets....
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